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I will have to admit that even with all these methods for interpreting your own dreams, sometimes it can still be difficult to find what seems like the correct meaning.

If you continually have problems interpreting your dreams, you might want to look into joining or forming a Dream Group. Dream Groups should never be larger than 10 people or they get unwieldy.

If you can’t find a local dream group, here are some guidelines for forming your own:

1) All participants should have some previous exposure to dreams whether it is extensive reading or a period of recording their own dreams or an introductory course or conference or individual meetings with someone on dreams.

2) No one should be coerced into joining the group. Everyone should feel comfortable and safe being there. If your psyche is telling you that now is not the time, listen to it. If you are seeing a therapist, you might want to consult them about joining or beginning a group.

3) It is best to have someone in leadership of the group who is well versed in dream work and the group process. If not, use a rotating convener who sees that the group sticks to its rules for its own safety.

4) Every gathering of the group should begin with silence, the ringing of a bell, the lighting of a candle, saying the Jesus Prayer, or some other ritual that will help the group to center itself and invoke God’s spirit.

5) Once centered, the group can spend about 20 minutes or so checking in with each other. It is important to share something of your life and any relevant information or feelings. This will help the trust and connections between your life and your dreams.

6) Then, whoever is convening or leading the group, should give a short (about 10-15 minutes) presentation on the wisdom of the dream or related material. This can come from ancient or modern sources. It can be something from Jungian psychology, mythology, Scripture, or a book, CD or DVD on the subject matter. This should be followed by a short period of reaction and discussion. This, along with the opening prayer, calls forth the Self, and brings wisdom and learning to the group as well as promoting the health, healing and safety within the group.

7) Everyone who wishes, may now share a dream. There is no discussion or interpretation, just the sharing of an actual dream.

8) The convener or leader then asks for a volunteer to share their dream for group work. Preference should be given to those who have yet to share a dream. The procedure for group dream work should be done strictly, as follows:

A) The person shares the dream with any pertinent information (not their Interpretation).

B) The group asks questions of clarification (not Interpretation).

C) The leader now asks the dream presenter to give the dream to the group.

D) The group now talks with each other without looking at the dreamer. The dreamer ONLY listens. The group now projects onto the dream using words such as, “if it were my dream, I . . .”. It is important to the process that the group adheres to both of these rules.

E) After sufficient discussion, give the dream back to the dreamer for any comments. Thank him/her for sharing and tell him/her that it is important to track their dreams in the next few days because future dreams will repeat the message if we did not interpret the correct meaning the first time.

9) Each gathering should end with a “feeling check” and the participants in a circle holding hands sharing an extemporaneous prayer time, saying the Lord’s Prayer, or something else that will gather everything you have done together in your meeting time to remind people of God’s grace and they are accepted regardless of where they are on their journey.

It is important to agree to maintain confidentiality outside the group should a dreamer ask for it. Otherwise, it is acceptable for members of the group to discuss dreams outside the group as long as anonymity is maintained.